Inequalities in health and life expectancies persist

A report from the Office for National Statistics and Public Health England reveals the scale of inequalities in life expectancy and healthy life expectancy across England.

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The data shows that wide inequalities exist not only between the most and least deprived areas of the country, but between the most and least deprived areas within local councils.

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Maternal mental health

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The National Childbirth Trust has launched a baby blues campaign which aims to encourage people to talk more openly about maternal mental health, to avoid the mistake of dismissing potentially serious mental health issues in themselves, friends or family and to seek help. The charity says that almost one in five callers to its helpline have mental health worries to discuss, while almost a third have not spoken to a healthcare professional about their concerns.

Additional link: Royal College of Midwives press release

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The Independent Mental Health Services Alliance’s (IMHSA), has published Breaking down barriers: Improving patient access and outcomes in mental health.

This report using data from a variety of sources including NHS  England and the Department of Health found that as well as high demand, mental health services are suffering from mounting financial constraints, with the average deficit of NHS mental health trusts increasing by 6.3% over the last two years. It also highlighted that historic disinvestment in the area needs to be addressed and services need to be funded fairly.

Home HIV sampling launched to increase HIV testing

 

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Public Health England has launched the first nationally available home HIV kit for testing.  People at higher-risk of HIV across the country can now order a HIV home-sampling test kit online, and are being encouraged to take the simple finger prick blood sample for National HIV Testing Week, which starts on 21 November 2015.

 

Alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease, cancer, injury, admission to hospital, and mortality: a prospective cohort study

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The Lancet: Published Online 16th September 2015

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Background
Alcohol consumption is proposed to be the third most important modifiable risk factor for death and disability. However, alcohol consumption has been associated with both benefits and harms, and previous studies were mostly done in high-income countries. We investigated associations between alcohol consumption and outcomes in a prospective cohort of countries at different economic levels in five continents.

Methods
We included information from 12 countries participating in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiological (PURE) study, a prospective cohort study of individuals aged 35–70 years. We used Cox proportional hazards regression to study associations with mortality (n=2723), cardiovascular disease (n=2742), myocardial infarction (n=979), stroke (n=817), alcohol-related cancer (n=764), injury (n=824), admission to hospital (n=8786), and for a composite of these outcomes (n=11 963).

Findings
We included 114 970 adults, of whom 12 904 (11%) were from high-income countries (HICs), 24 408 (21%) were from upper-middle-income countries (UMICs), 48 845…

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PHE Data week: Immunisation in numbers – 5 fascinating facts | Public health matters

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PHE Data week: Immunisation in numbers – 5 fascinating facts

1) We’ve seen 99.9% reductions in infections like diphtheria and Haemophilus influenzae type b

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2) 39 vaccines have been introduced in the UK

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3) 77% decline in rotavirus infections in babies
For new parents, seeing their baby hospitalised is a nightmare scenario. But since 2013 this situation has been avoided for thousands of families due to the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine. Rotavirus is a common cause of vomiting & diarrhoea in children under five, which prior to vaccination was responsible for thousands of hospitalisations every year.

4) We’ve had 535,000+ visits to the Green Book in the last year
Have you heard of ‘The Green Book’? Thousands of health professionals certainly have, as our guide to vaccines and vaccination procedures is one of the most popular pages on PHE’s website receiving well over half a million page views in the…

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